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Nathaniel Rateliff & the Night Sweats Tearing at the Seams

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Denver based Nathaniel Rateliff & the Night Sweats are soaring high with the release of the band’s second album on Friday. “Tearing at the Seams” epitomizes the soulful rhythm and blues sound with its collection of roadhouse retro tunes. For years, the American singer-songwriter was on his own trying to make it as a solo artist. Rateliff’s career took off when he moved away from his traditional folksy sound and began a collaboration with local Colorado artists to form the breakthrough music now known as Nathaniel Rateliff & the Night Sweats.

The surprise hit of the debut self-titled album featured catchy songs and a unique sound that launched the band into the booming indie music scene and they haven’t looked back since. With “Tearing the Seams”, the band begins to explore a more upbeat sound with tunes like “Shoe Boot”. “You Worry Me” solidifies its place as the album’s standout song using a unique guitar rhythm to lead into Rateliff’s vocals building into an unyielding anthem crescendo. Rateliff backs off the big sounds with the breezy piano sounds featured in the melodic “Say It Louder”.

Rateliff’s love and respect for artist Leonard Cohen are evident throughout the album as he is able to seamlessly interject lyrics reminiscent of Cohen’s artistic vibe. The band explores a bit of a country sound with the melancholy pedal steel guitar and horns prominently featured on “Hey Mama.” Those familiar with Rateliff’s upbringing will certainly see the parallels in this song about a mother and son relationship.

In addition to the husky soulfulness of Rateliff’s voice, The Night Sweats also feature Joseph Pope III on bass, Patrick Meese on drums, and Mark Shusterman on keyboards.

Bon Iver and The National to Headline Mo Pop Festival

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Detroit is one of the most important music cities in the United States. The city is the birthplace of Motown and techno music, and it also play a big role in the popularization of hip-hop and rap. Despite its importance in music history, Detroit lacked an extremely successful music festival for many years. That is all about to change thanks to the maturation of Mo Pop Festival.

Mo Pop Festival started as a small one-day event in 2013, but it is quickly growing into one of the biggest music festivals in the United States. The creators of the festival just announced the lineup for this year’s event, and it is going to make a lot of music fans very happy.

Indie rock icons Bon Iver and The National are set to headline Mo Pop this year. Bon Iver rarely plays festivals, so it is major news every time he shows up on a lineup. In addition these great headliners, there are also several other high-profile acts on the lineup. These top artists include St. Vincent, Portugal. The Man, Vince Staples, Highly Suspect and Brockhampton.

The 2018 Mo Pop Festival will be held in Detroit’s West Waterfront Park on July 28 and 29. This beautiful 20-acre park is the perfect place to see some of the hottest acts in music. There will also be a lot to do at Mo Pop besides enjoying the great music. The festival grounds will have a Nerf gun course, craft bazaar, arcade and a large selection of Detroit’s best food trucks.

Tickets for Mo Pop Festival go on sale on Friday, March 9, at 10 AM CST. Single-day tickets will be available for $75. Weekend passes are only $99.50. Ticket prices will go up closer to the event, so you may want to buy your tickets early.

Sade Announces Relase of First Song in Nearly a Decade

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Sade was one of the most well-known female vocalists throughout the 1980s. Many remember Sade’s string of well-known hits including Smooth Operator, Your Love is King and No Ordinary Love. Sade would go on to enjoy success throughout the 1990s and into most of the 2000s. After she released her 2010 album Soldier of Love, fans weren’t sure if they would ever hear any new songs by Sade in the future. Fortunately, many in the music community were shocked and delighted that Sade is planning to release a new song.

This song will be released on the soundtrack for the upcoming film A Wrinkle in Time. This film is gathering quite a bit of acclaim after the cast was recently revealed. A Wrinkle in Time will star major superstars including Reese Witherspoon and Oprah Winfrey. In addition, this film is notable as it is the first time an African-American female will direct a mainstream film with a budget of over $100 million.

That being said, film and television superstars aren’t only attached to this project as there are a large number of major musical acts signing on for the soundtrack to this movie. The Guardian reports that A Wrinkle in Time’s soundtrack will feature musicians including DJ Khaled, Sia, and Demi Lovato.

To summarize, music superstar Sade recently announced that will be releasing a new song. This is major news within the music community as this singer has not released any new content in over 8 years. The official song that Sade plans to release will be a composition titled “Flower of the Universe.” It is currently unknown if this new release is any indicator that Sade plans to announce a new tour or album in the near future.

Carole King’s Personal Piano Up for Auction

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The piano has always been a part of singer-songwriter Carole King’s legacy, and now a lucky bidder can share a part of that legacy. King’s 1924 Model M Steinway will be auctioned April 20 in New York City as part of Exceptional Sale at Christie’s.
The mahogany piano, which King used to compose several songs, is featured on the cover of her albums “Music” (1971) and “Sweet Seasons” (also 1971).
King, who first sat at a piano at age 4 and began composing hits at age 17 with her then-husband, Gerry Goffin, is celebrated in the Broadway musical “Beautiful.”
From the first King-Goffin hits such as the Shirelles’ “Will You Love Me Tomorrow,” Little Eva’s “The Loco-Motion” and the Drifters’ “Up on the Roof,” through King’s songs that she performed, including “It’s Too Late,” (“You Make Me Feel Like) A Natural Woman” and “So Far Away,” they were the soundtrack of a generation.
“Beautiful: The Carole King Musical” opened in January 2014 and features dozens of hits. It was a 2015 Grammy award winner for Best Musical Theater Album.
Chilina Kennedy, who plays King in “Beautiful,” said her music is typical of the collaborative spirit of artists in the 1960s and ’70s. King typified that collaborative spirit with “You’ve Got a Friend,” a song she gifted to the young, relatively unknown James Taylor, who made it an iconic hit.
Christie’s Exceptional Sales are dedicated to pop culture icons; previous sales have included a World War II airplane and an original Apple computer.
The piano’s estimated value is $40,000 to $60,000. King is selling it because she is also selling her Idaho ranch to downsize, Architectural Digest said.

Cranberries to Release New Album, 25th Anniversary Project

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Irish indie-rock band The Cranberries continue to work on two projects, a new album and a 25th anniversary re-release of their debut album, following the death of singer Dolores O’Riordan, the band announced.
O’Riordan had recorded vocals for tracks and emailed them to guitarist Noel Hogan three days before her death.
The band said March 7 that the album, The Cranberries’ first in six years, has been in the works since last year.
The 25th anniversary project, a reissue of “Everybody Else Is Doing It So Why Can’t We,” will include remastered tracks as well as previously unreleased songs, the band announced on its website.
Band members in addition to Hogan are Mike Hogan and Fergal Lawlor.
They have not yet revealed anything about what the new songs might be like.
The band formed in Limerick City, Ireland, in 1990 and sold over 40 million albums, with hits including “Linger,” “How,” “Zombie” and “Dreams.”
The most recent album, in 2017, was “Something Else,” which included covers of hits recorded with the Irish Chamber Orchestra. It offered a take on the classics that was more acoustic than rock, as well as three new songs.
While the Cranberries, especially O’Riordan, gave young women a voice that was fragile, but was also “both beautiful and fierce,” according to The New York Times, their Irishness has also helped to define them, particularly after “Zombie,” a 1993 protest song written about two young victims of an IRA bombing.
O’Riordan, 46, was found dead in her hotel room Jan. 15 in London. A studio session had been booked for that day. No cause of death has been released. Authorities said it was not suspicious, but no official ruling is expected to be announced until April.

Long Albums in the Music Industry are Now Trending

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Unless you’re living under a rock, then you’ve noticed that there’s a new trend in the music industry. Albums are becoming insanely long. The number of tracks, and consequently the album lengths, are something that music lovers have long dreamed of. From Migos’ “Culture II” containing 24 tracks lasting one hour and 46 minutes to Chris Brown’s “Heartbreak on a Full Moon” containing an astounding 45 tracks lasting two hours and 38 minutes, fans are getting more for their money. Or are they?

It’s becoming evident that artists are utilizing a greater number of songs on albums as a way to boost numbers that lead to album certifications and placements on the music charts. Billboard and the Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA) both use particular criteria to determine qualification. This process has become more complicated now that streaming has become popular. This is where the strategy behind these super-long albums comes into play. To count as an album sale by Billboard and the RIAA, there must be one album purchased, 10 songs downloaded or 1,500 songs streamed. Since users streaming songs even count when the platform is ad-supported and not requiring the user to pay for the service, essentially everyone can take part in an artist’s album sale figures. Artists are maximizing their resources and they can see dividends as it’s well-known that an artist’s worth is often determined by how many times they’ve had a number-one hit and the number of gold and platinum certifications received. So sorry fans if you thought your favorite artist was trying to give you more bang for your buck. Even though they’ll get the highly-coveted figures, you’ll still get a load of music. So I’d call this a win-win.